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So, this month's newsletter is a week late, and when I went to look up which books I included last month I discovered I never sent a newsletter last month. Mea culpa.

You can probably tell that my children's books aren't a primary focus right now. But... I'm working on revisions to my latest story and will try again to find it a publisher. And I've got a new story underway! It is an easy reader. Surprise, surprise, my younger daughter is working on easy readers right now. The plan is to have her help me with this story, because she loves writing books with me. Usually I just take dictation, but this time I'm going to aim for actual collaboration. We'll see how it goes.

Also, I'm considering adding the collections of classic short stories I'm editing for my publishing company to my mrnelsonbooks.com site. They aren't kids books per se, but they are "clean" short stories that I could see a tween or teen enjoying. The second collection, Love and Other Happy Endings, came out this Wednesday. That, in fact, is my excuse for not getting this newsletter out last Friday.

So, without further ado, here are the most recent posts on my book blog.

This Month's Books

Snake and Lizard, by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Gavin Bishop


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My older daughter loves to read, but hates tension in her books. We are always looking for books for her that won’t be deemed “scary.” This book about a snake and a lizard and their unlikely friendship was perfect for her in her early days of reading chapter books.  It was a gift from New Zealand (Joy Cowley is a New Zealander), but it is available in the US, too.

The stories are simple, but there is some depth there, too...

See the full post on the website. 

The Ghost Library, By David Melling 

We found this utterly charming picture book at the library a year or two ago, and my younger daughter loves it. She just checked it out again, which prompted me to post about it. It is the story of a little girl who loves to read. One night, a ghost comes to steal her book, and since she doesn’t let go, she goes with the ghost, too. She finds herself in the ghost library, which is completely empty. The little girl reads the ghosts a story, and then teaches them how to tell their own stories.

It is really a delightful story....

See the full post on the website. 

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